Too many story of sexual harassment in Yazd, the old city in Iran and too bad that I experienced one myself. I was walking in the old city and the culprit was on his motorbike and entending his hand behind me. I heard the sound of motor engine and turned around, successfully avoid his hand and catched his shirt from the back. He was on his bike so I was running to keep up but of course I cant be as fast, so I let go, shouting and chase behind him.. he ran away and I have his bike plat taken down. I am not sure what will happen as I will be reporting to the police later, unsure if they will take it seriously and if they speak english.
It is hard to avoid walking in the alley unless you stay out of the old city, but the old city is really amazing.
This is bizarre, but a real danger of sorts. This is the picture of a sliding lock on a toilet in a restaurant. It slides DOWN to lock. Gravity anyone? It is also on the OUTSIDE of the door, not the inside. There was a secondary lock inside that did afford privacy. It locked sideways. So what happened? You guessed it. I shut the door just slightly too hard and this caused the lock on the outside to fall! I was downstairs and had to wait until someone came down looking for a mop to free me. I found other outside locks like this on my bathroom in the hotel and other places. Just be careful and watch for silly locks like this!
I can't give warning tip but just can share possibilities:
1. they drive madly
2. they don't obey to traffic rules
3. they don't respect pedestrians
4. Tehran is one of the most polluted cites in the world
5. some annoying carpet sellers are everywhere
6. some people are willing to help but doesn't mean they know the answer or direction
7. thieves are not common sight in Iran
8. taxi drivers are same all over the world
9. learn numbers in farsi, restaurant prices are often written only in farsi
10. they almost never ask for document on check in ?! :-) you'll feel so free
It is illegal to import it, have it in your possession or drink it.
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The Iran-EcoTour company (Eco Expert Ltd) in Tehran, Iran is an eco tourism nature company. They were established 1998 to promote Iran's eco tourism attractions and to improve bio-cultural attitudes among people, both locally and internationally, and to pave the way for interested tourists. They claim to have received approval from the three top Iranian Tourism Training Centres, the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organisation and hold classes and training courses about nature and its value.
Mr Ali Adhami, the board of directors in the Iran-Ecotour’s website says: "We guarantee well- equipped, selectively catered, safe and eco- friendly trips."
On 10 August 2007, I took my mother and her friend on EcoTour’s one day trekking trip to Kondelus Village. Unfortunately the company hired a mini-bus driver who was not familiar with the road to Chaloos that has a series of dangerous winding sections and tunnels. As a result, the bus driver hit the wall of Tunnel No 6. As a result of the resulting huge impact, my mother fell over and was badly injured, she suffered shock of accident and injuries to her foot.
Since 10/08/07, NOBODY from Iran-EcoTour Company (Dr Houman Jowkar, Dr Houshang Ziaie, Dr Bijan Farhang Darreh-shouri, Mr Ali Adhami), and tour leaders (Mr Mohamad Manzarnejad, Mrs Azadeh Jouhari, Mr Ali Islam) has contacted my mother by any means and asked her how she was! i.e.-Was she alive or dead ! Apparently one of the EcoTour's director cares more about Iranian Cheetah rather than take care of my old injured & traumatized mother!!
I wonder what Iran-Ecotour's response would be if my mother had been a foreign tourist traveling with them? Do you think it would be different?
As previously stated, Iranians are very friendly and hospitable to foreigners. If you respect and adhere
to local customs your experience with Iranians will
be even more rewarding.
I must point out some precautionary matters that you should should keep in mind when traveling in my
* Be mindful of and adhere to the dress code. This is especially true for women. See my comments under the
'CULTURAL TIPS' topic.
*Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
*Avoid engaging in political discussions or debate.
*Uniformed police officers are very helpful and courteous. Although not a frequent occurrence, be wary
of people posing as police officers. If you are
approached and asked to show your passport or money by a person(s) representing himself to be a police
officer and the person is not in a police uniform, it is very unlikely that the person is a police officer. If this
occurs just ignore the person a walk away, he will get
*Keep your passport securely in your possession. Hotel management may want to hold your passport while
you are a guest. With the possible exception of hotel
management, do not give your passport to anyone. See 'Miscellaneous 'under the PACKING LIST topic.
*Traffic and driving methods can be a real shock to Westerners. Road rules and traffic signs are often
ignored. When crossing a street look in all directions
several times before proceeding. It is preferable to cross with a group of locals who are experienced in
dealing with traffic.
* If you are not traveling with an organized tour it is suggested that you notify and register with your
embassy upon arrival especially if you expect to stay
longer than 10 days and plan to travel to remote areas. American travelers should check in or at least
have the phone # of the Swiss Embassy.
* Although crime is low, it is suggested that you do not flash your money in public places. It is also
considered to be impolite.
* It is recommended that you (especially women) not walk the streets after midnight.
The only danger I could talk about is the way you dress. You should have an Islamic dress of scurf, long shirts -called Manto- and long trousers for women. And for men they have to wear not very tight shirts and long trousers. The other thing that might hurt you are the mosqitose if your journey is in Summer. And the other thing is the sun. You have to be so much careful about that matter or you will be sun drenched!
In Esfahan in particular, but also in Tehran, watch out for fake police.
They will approach in a Paykan (small Iranian sedans that are copies of Hillman Hunters -- they look a bit like a Lada) but won't get out and demand to see your passport. Once they have it, they'll sell it back to you. Just go into a shop, or take the admittedly more stupid approach I took: take out your camera (!)
The real police say they will never stop you unless you've done something wrong -- by which I assume they mean to say that you'll know if you should be stopped. If you're unsure, get their ID, or if you do go into a shop and you are in the wrong, the shopkeepers will likely help you out.
Due to Islamic laws, alcholic beverages are totally forbidden in Iran, this order includes producing, exporting, importing, selling, buying, carrying and drinking ... so don't get yourself in trouble and beware of alchol during your visit to Iran. I assure you miss nothing without wine and beer :)
It's the same way for different type of drugs.
Particular care should be taken not to offend Islamic codes of dress and behaviour, particularly with regard to sexual relations, alcohol and drugs
Drinking, possession of alcoholic beverages and drugs as well as flirting or having sexual contact as an unmarried couple are considered to be crimes. Penalties for possession, use, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Iran are strict, and convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.
The workweek in Iran is Sunday through Thursday; however, many government offices and private companies are closed on Thursdays. Friday is a public holiday for all establishments.
Basic medical care and medicines are available in the principal cities of Iran, but they may not be available in outlying areas.
Photography near military and other government installations is strictly prohibited. Many such places are often difficult to identify and great care should be taken with photography in urban areas away from tourist locations.
Major crime is not a problem for travelers in Iran, although foreigners occasionally have been victims of petty street crime.Care must be taken to guard against robbery.Visitors are advised not to carry large amounts of money (especially hard currency). In view of possible thefts, important valuables should be kept in hotel safes or other secure locations.
In 1999 there were three cases of kidnapping of Western tourists apparently by drug-traffickersin in south-east Iran. To prevent further such incidents, the local authorities introduced various security measures to improve visitors’ safety. There have been no incidents since. Visitors who wish to travel to Bam and Kerman are advised to exercise caution and only travel with tours organised through travel agencies approved by the Iranian government. It's also advised visitors not to travel overland to Pakistan. Anyone who has to travel in this area should exercise extreme caution, travel only on main roads in official parties, and avoid travelling at night. Visitors are further advised to avoid the Iran/Afghanistan, and the Iran/Iraq border areas.
Declare all foreign currency upon arrival on a customs declaration form or, if applicable, at the Bank Melli branch at Tehran’s Mehrabad Airport. Failure to do so may result in confiscation.
Do not be tempted to change money on the street – this is illegal in Iran. Credit cards are rarely accepted in Iran However, Mastercards can be used in some of the larger hotels – ask when you book.
don't be fooled by hotels or shops with the Visa logo in the window, most of them does not accept it.
Lane markers are usually ignored and some drivers tend to ignore traffic lights and signs.
so for the people who are in Iran for the first time, it is suggested not to drive and try to
use Taxis.they are cheap and plentiful.
when crossing the street, do it carefully many drivers do not yield to pedestrians at crosswalks.
Against the typical westerner's opinion, Iran is one of the safest countries of Asia! The only danger is the traffic. Be VERY careful when crossing streets. One life isn't much worth in this country.
Criminality is very low, and the people are really kind. But you have to RESPECT THE LAWS. Make yourself confidential with the strong islamic rules, before you enter the country. DON'T speak with women on the street; never touch a woman; wear long clothing; as a woman always cover your head; don't sit near a woman in the bus; be always kind and respectful towards official people (they are respectful, too); don't photograph any property of the state (i got in trouble with a policeman, because i photographed the train). If you respect the laws, you will stay safe and happy.
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